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Press Release: Hand To Hand Community Services Fdn Opens Their Heart & Doors

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Hand to Hand Community Services Fdn is a new charity located in Southwestern Ontario, directed towards providing immediate relief to people in need, and improving the standard of living in the global community. Press Release - Dec 15, 2012 - Hand to Hand Community Services Fdn was officially incorporated on October 2012 by Daniela Siggia, and Francis Genovese, but has been actively working since early September, having helped collect, launder, and distribute over 600 winter jackets to children across the GTA.

In early 2013 Hand to Hand will be helping Choices Youth shelter by donating one year's supply of vinegar, for green cleaning ,as well as one year's supply of HE laundry detergent. Hand to Hand is also organizing two more events in the immediate future, in which 1000 dollars worth of non perishable food will be donated to the YES Youth Shelter-Peterborough on December 17, 2012, and the Neighbour 2 Neighbour Centre-Hamilton on December 21, 2012. Hand to Hand has also ordered a sizable dessert box from Orangeville's decadent Wicked Shortbread Co, to give to CHOICES Youth Shelter-Orangeville, with the hope of providing some holiday cheer this Christmas, to the many homeless youth CHOICES youth shelter helps.

About Hand To Hand

Hand To Hand Community Services foundation secures stable funding through money raised by the clothing recycling industry. The clothes that are collected are not sold to thrift stores. Instead, clothing collected is sorted and shipped to countries around the world that lack affordable clothing. Hand To Hand also provides much new and gently used clothing and goods to families in need in South Western Ontario. This not only helps improve the standard of living of people in the region and around the world, but also helps to keep hundreds of thousands of pounds of used clothing out of landfills each year.

Helping the Environment

About 99% of clothing that is thrown away can be recycled. Clothing that is not wearable (due to damage or extreme wear) is recycled into industrial rags, insulation and upholstery stuffing. Textile waste varies between 550,000 tons and 900,000 tons each year, mostly from domestic sources, currently less than 25% of used clothing in Canada is being recycled, putting a tremendous strain on the environment, and our already overflowing landfills.

An easy way to support these Eco-friendly initiatives is to permit a Hand To Hand bin to be placed on your property, volunteer at a clothing or food distribution event in your community, or host a clothing drive at your school, business, club or organization. You can also offer support by donating any used textiles, even if torn, mismatched and shabby to Hand To Hand bins near you.

Another aim of Hand To Hand Community Services is to help network private business with local charities. According to Program Director Daniela Siggia, "Hand To Hand isn't just about funding charities, it's also about community building, and about providing a platform for productive dialogue to find innovative inclusive solutions to local community issues. We have big plans for 2013, expect us."

Hand To Hand Community services has just recently launched their website, designed by Jester Creative. Besides raising awareness on the foundation's initiatives, the website serves as a sharing portal where Board Of Director members share their triumphs and tribulations, and offer a raw, honest journal about their experiences throughout their charitable journey.

Contact info

Francis Genovese
Executive Director
416 481 0251
Twitter: @hand2handFDN


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